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Agatha Christie was born in Torquay in 1890 and became, quite simply, the best-selling novelist in history. Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, written towards the end of the First World War, introduced us to Hercule Poirot, who was to become the most popular detective in crime fiction since Sherlock Holmes. She is known throughout the world as the Queen of Crime. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and another billion in over 100 foreign languages. She is the author of 80 crime novels and short story collections, 19 plays, and six novels under the name of Mary Westmacott.
'Joan Hickson -- you can't beat her, you know. So enjoy this not-so-fluffy old lady doing her Marple thing. Genius.' Time Out"The acknowledged queen of detective fiction." Observer"When she really hits her stride, as she does here, she is hard to surpass." Saturday Review of Literature